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One of the big challenges is that when we place a subject to a new background is called shadows. Today we are going to make it simple by learning to use the existing shadows of the subject and using the same on a new background. 

There are three possible ways to make this as easy as possible for you. However, you have to remember that we can use this technique if you have the shadows on a smooth surface and are distinguishable. 

Step 1:

First, download an image with shadows. Then we can put it in another new background. To be able to place the image on a new background first of all we have to make a selection of the image. Then the image along with the shadows need to be placed later.

Image Cut Out

If the subject has hard edges then it will be better to use a pen tool for selection of the subject. It gives you the more precise selection. Before we start making a path for selection with the pen just go to the “Path” step on the right side. If you are not seeing that you can just go to the window option then see the path option is checked.  

Then create a new path. Click on the new path button on the below right side. You can edit the path name by double clicking on the name. This is important to create the path name otherwise if you don’t create a path then when you start selection there will create a work path. Then if we select the pen tool again this will continue the work path. Or if you create a new path the work path will be deleted. 

If we don’t want any of this to happen then we need to create a separate path only for the subject. So make sure you create a new path for the selection. Then you can start creating the path. 


  1. Click to make a point first. Then click the point and drag and drop the point for the curve. 

cut out image

2. We need to stay a little bit inside. Don’t need any of the background in our selection.

image background remove

If you want to transform the curve, you just hold the alt button and click and drag the middle point of the pen tool. Complete the selection in this way.

Step 2:

Now we need to create a mask out of the subject that we selected before. Once we have made the path all around the subject, click on the path option in the right side, and then click on the option “Make selection”. If we don’t want any feathering then just click ok. 

image clipping path

Another way is that, 

Make sure you are on the path. Then put the mouse cursor point on the main image and right click on it. You can see the same option.

Then go to the layer option from thom the right side and click on the mask path. If you want to see clearly what is happening we can create the solid color adjustment as the background. Just go to the adjustment option and then click on the “Solid Color”. Then select any color that you like.

Then place the color layer under the previous layer you created.

Then place the color layer under the previous layer you created.

If you are seeing that the edges are very sharp then to control the density you can go “Window” then click “Properties”. Also. you can click the properties button. 

You can also control the strength by using the blur tool and strength option on the top menu bar. Now we just have to put the subject on a new background. For the new background you can choose any of the backgrounds you need. Just download an image from google. Drag and drop the image on photoshop on the top to open it as a separate document.


Though we are working on an image having shadow, so we need to look after the direction from where the light comes from. We need to rotate the background image as per the subject so that the shadow will be on the right side. 

Now hold the shift button, click on the mask turn it on and copy the layer and paste it on the new background.

If it will not work then click on the layer drag it on the other new background and drop it.

If it will not work then click on the layer, drag it on the other new background and drop it. 

Let’s do the shadows for it.

Click on the layer and rename it. Then press CTRL+J to make a duplicate layer.

image Shadow creation

Then put the duplicate layer under the previous layer and name this shadow.

Then hold Shift and click on the mask of the shadow layer.

Select Lasso tool and select the shadows. 

Then turn on the mask. Make sure the selection color is white shows and black hides. Now press ALT+Backspace and click delete. Press CTRL + D. Now to show only the shadows we need to change the shadow from normal to multiply.

To control the shadow go to adjustment and click on curves. Then control the shadow as you like. 

image clipping path 1

On the contrary, 

You can also control the background curves as the subject using the same tool. So that the background matches just like the subject and shadow. Just make sure that you are on the right layer when you are working in the background. 

Control Blur:

Go to filter then Blur then Gaussian blur option. Zoom in the image and apply the blur as you like.

You can also control the saturation from properties option. Go to properties then control the saturation.

You can also give shade on the subject just like the background to make it look more beautiful. For this, make the first layer under the clipping mask. Then select the paint tool. Change the glenmore to color. Take the sample that you want to put. Select the point sample as you like. Then also you can select the layers for which you want to use this. Then take the brush and hold it on the place where you want to make the color change.

Finally you can change the whole image color by your choice. Select the top most layer, click on the color lookup, then choose any color you want. 

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